Federal Waters Off SC Closed To Fishing For Brown, Pink & White Shrimp
by NOAA Fisheries Service
Posted: 2018-01-18 15:51:13 EST

WHAT/WHEN:

  • No person may trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in federal waters off South Carolina.
  • The closure is effective 4:15 p.m., local time, January 17, 2018.
  • NOAA Fisheries will issue a new Fishery Bulletin announcing the re-opening to shrimp harvest in federal waters off South Carolina. 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The purpose of the closure is to protect the white shrimp spawning population. 
  • South Carolina closed its state waters to all shrimping on January 10, 2018, due to a prolonged period of water temperatures at or below 9°C in the region.
  • South Carolina requested NOAA Fisheries to close federal waters off South Carolina.

DURING THE CLOSURE:

  • Possession of brown, pink, or white shrimp is prohibited on board a vessel in federal waters off South Carolina unless the vessel is in transit through the area and all nets with a mesh size of less than four inches, as measured between the centers of opposite knots when pulled taut, are stowed below deck.
  • Any vessel trawling within 25 nautical miles seaward from the South Carolina shoreline must use trawl nets with a minimum mesh size of four inches or greater.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register.

Source:  NOAA Fisheries Service